This weekend meet the original FANTASTIC FOUR cast and more at Contamination 2011 in St. Louis

This weekend meet the original FANTASTIC FOUR cast and more at Contamination 2011 in St. Louis

If you’ve never seen the Roger Corman produced version of FANTASTIC FOUR from 1994… well, you haven’t lived.  Then again you’d have a good excuse, as it’s never been officially released.  To this day the only way to obtain a copy is buying a bootleg version, or watching it on YouTube.  Now granted, the extremely low budget kept them from doing the kinds of effects you want to see in an adaptation of the classic Marvel comic book, but there’s still a sort of indelible charm to it that you can’t help but get caught up with.  Ask anyone who has seen it, they’ll know what I’m talking about.  The film featured Alex Hyde-White as “Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic”, Rebecca Staab as “Sue Storm/Invisible Woman”, Jay Underwood as “Johnny Storm/Human Torch”, Michael Bailey Smith as “Ben Grimm”, Carl Ciarfalio as “The Thing”, and Joseph Culp as “Doctor Doom”… and this weekend you can meet ALL of them in person at a special reunion at Contamination in St. Louis.  There’s a movement going on with fans who are trying to build enough interest for the long lost film to get a proper home video release in some official capacity.  Find out more at the official Facebook page here.

The Contamination convention also features other great guests like Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), Kane Hodder (HATCHET), and our buddies Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and David Della Rocco from THE BOONDOCK SAINTS.  Find out more information at the official Contamination website.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.